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Getting snappy with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

This summer I’ve been trying something new, at least for me. I used to cart around my big, full-frame camera everywhere, but I’m now trying to just take my phone with me everywhere to snap memorable life-moment sort of photos. These are the kinds of photos I take because I like to look back and see random things I did with my family, or other adventures covering events for The GATE.

Don’t get me wrong, there is really no replacing my amazing camera–it’s a wonder–but my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 does a wonderful job for the day-to-day moments that I want to capture, and it goes places I don’t always want to drag my camera. Plus, I can post right to Facebook from it, and thanks to the apps I use, I also always have backups of those photos and videos that I take right on my desktop and laptop.

The camera on the Galaxy Note 3 is an all-around great option for taking photos in almost every condition. The image stabilization helps a lot, especially for darker conditions, and there are multiple modes depending on what you’re trying to shoot, but the auto mode works well overall. The panorama and surround shot are great for capturing big scenes, and then there are modes for beauty face, best photo, sound with a shot, or HDR for scenes that are both dark and bright.

The camera quality is also great if you’re like me and want to capture a lot of video. You can see my footage of Lorde at the MMVAs for a sample of that.

The Galaxy Note 3 is also handy if I want to snap a photo of something and then make notes on it to send to family or for work, thanks to the S Pen stylus and built-in apps for editing on-the-fly.

Of course, I do have my complaints with the camera on the Note 3. Zooming in does not provide the best image quality, the camera doesn’t always get the best shots in dark conditions (like concerts), and it could be just a notch faster at taking photos, but these are all minor flaws, and they’re fairly universal to camera phones. I still wouldn’t trade in my Galaxy Note 3 for anything else since I love the huge screen size, Android, and all of ’s built-in features on the device.

Otherwise, you can see some of the photos I take while I’m out covering things for The GATE in the Samsung Snaps category (or over on The GATE’s Instagram or my personal Instagram), but I thought I should share some more shots for a change, since I don’t always post everything from my phone here on the site.

Here are some random personal photos, travel shots, and photos from press events. Let me know what you think of the photos below in the comments, or tweet me a few of your own.

  • W. Andrew Powell

    W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls.In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.

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